West Arsi, Ethiopian microlot created by Heleanna Georgalis
A bright, pink cup to pick up cold winter days
This coffee comes from the Bedesa washing station in West Arsi region of Ethiopia, located along the North-East border of Sidamo. Bedesa is the name of the town and a nearby river. In West Arsi, 5,000 hectares, or over 12,000 acres, are planted with coffee making it a major crop. Ethiopian coffees are naturally wild and deeply layered with flavors due to the fact that many of the coffees are heirloom varietals that have evolved naturally. Not only is Ethiopian coffee complex, but the trade system within the country is also more nuanced than other countries. There are three ways to buy coffee in Ethiopia 1) Directly from a private estate that can export their own coffee 2) From a cooperative that is represented by a union that can act as their own exporter 3) From a private exporter that has a license to buy coffee from the Ethiopia Commodities Exchange.
This particular Bedesa microlot comes to us through Moplaco, a private exporter run by Heleanna. Heleanna took over from her father Yanni Georgalis, and they have a reputation of unparalleled integrity and selling the highest quality coffee. Moplaco buys coffees from the exchange system, and then puts the coffee through a rigorous sorting and quality control system to create top lots. Heleanna's name has become synonymous with not only beautiful, high scoring coffees, but also for continuing to push Ethiopian coffee forward by implementing and educating on the latest research in specialty coffee and agronomy, the study of soil science and crop production.
Our Bedesa lot is a pink coffee that is bursting with fruit, florals, and clarity. Dial into a sparkling cup of juicy, ripe raspberries and hibiscus flowers. This coffee is brewed best on a single-cup pour over method with a coffee to water ratio of 1:16.5, with filtered water at 208-210℉, and a 3-3.5 minute brew time.